Pro-Life Mississippi’s annual Spring Banquet is just around the corner. Once again it will be held at First Baptist Church, Jackson, 431 N. State Street, one block from the state capitol. PLM president Judy Batson reminds us, “This is the largest pro-life gathering in the entire state. Like-minded Mississippians who believe in the sanctity and inviolability of all human life congregate here each year to find support and inspiration. We feel fortunate indeed that our keynote speaker this year will be our governor, Phil Bryant.”
The PLM office has recently mailed out requests to past underwriters asking for their continued support in sponsoring the banquet. If your organization, or you yourself, want to make a positive impact on promoting a culture of life, consider becoming a sponsor of Mississippi’s foremost pro-life educational event.
Levels of sponsorship:
If you, your church, or organization would like to be a Table Sponsor the cost is $200. A table will seat 8 people.
You may email our office with your choice of level of support at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about becoming a sponsor, please contact the PLM office at 601-956-8636.
The spring 40 Days for Life campaign will officially begin on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2017, at noon, with an opening ceremony on the sidewalk at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion clinic, located at 2903 North State Street in Jackson. This event typically lasts an hour, fitting into most lunch schedules. There will be a closing event at the same location to end the campaign on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
As PLM board member Dana Chisholm explains, “40 days for Life is a coordinated international effort, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion by a 3 point program.”
PRAYER & FASTING: Knowing that “with God, all things are possible,” people of faith and conscience unite in 40 days of prayer and fasting.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH: The pro-life message is taken proactively to every corner of the local community during this 40 Days.
PEACEFUL VIGIL: A focused, 40-day prayer vigil is held outside the only remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.
“Our goal is to have a prayer presence at the abortion facility from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. for this 40 days,” states Chisholm. “Pro-Life Mississippi is co-ordinating the vigil. We ask people to sign up for one hour during any of the 40 days. Just come out to the sidewalk at the abortion clinic and pray. We encourage you to ask church members, friends and family to join you for that hour. We know the mere presence of praying people on the sidewalk protects babies and mothers from abortion. Former Planned Parenthood workers have said that the no-show rate for abortion appointments goes as high as 75% when people are peacefully praying outside. That’s 3 out of 4 moms who never make it to their appointments because of your presence!”
If you have never been out to the sidewalk at the abortion clinic before, you may call the PLM office - 601-956-8636 - to arrange for one of our seasoned volunteers to meet you there.
DALLAS — Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died of heart failure Saturday, February 18, 2017. She was 69.
McCorvey was 22, unmarried, unemployed and pregnant for the third time when in 1969 she sought to have an abortion in Texas, where the procedure was illegal except to save a woman's life. The subsequent lawsuit, known as Roe v. Wade, led to the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, though by that time, McCorvey had given birth and given her daughter up for adoption.
Decades later, McCorvey underwent a conversion, becoming an evangelical Christian and joined the pro-life movement. A short time later, she underwent another religious conversion and became a Roman Catholic.
"I'm 100 percent pro-life. I don't believe in abortion even in an extreme situation. If the woman is impregnated by a rapist, it's still a child. You're not to act as your own God," she told The Associated Press in 1998. She also confessed to lying when she said the pregnancy was the result of rape.
McCorvey was active in Operation Rescue, now known as Operation Save America, but later formed her own group, Roe No More Ministry, in 1997 and traveled around the country speaking out against abortion.
Rev. Frank Pavone, the national director of the group Priests for Life and a personal friend, said McCorvey was battling respiratory issues that had given her trouble over the past year. He first met her in 1995 when she became involved in the pro-life movement.
He told NBC News that when he interviewed her for the first time, he jokingly opened by saying, "So you're the Roe in Roe V. Wade," to which she responded, "I used to be the Roe in Roe V. Wade. Now I am a new creation in Christ.”
Pavone said he thinks McCorvey would want people to know that she was more than just the landmark court case of which she was an integral part.
"She was just a simple woman who wanted what was good for other people," Pavone said.